Neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases

As the life expectation of population rises, diseases typically appearing in the second half of life increasingly impact the on the individuals health and on society. These, include beside cancer, a long list of (neuro)degenerative diseases, which have in common the pathogenic accumulation of amyloid deposits of mis-folded proteins. On the other end of the age scale, the autism spectrum disorders, and a large number of metabolic diseases of probable genetic origin, have a dramatic effect on the life of children and their families.

At NANO, we perform researches aimed at understanding the biomolecular mechanims of these pathologies and at developing nano-biotechnology based tools for their early diagnoses and for therapies.